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Brian Q. Torff
Brian Q. Torff

Brian Q. Torff (born March 16, 1954 in Hinsdale, Illinois) is a world renowned bassist and composer, and is currently Music Program Director at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is a featured bass soloist, and currently appears with his seven-piece band, Thunderstick, featuring a horn section, with jazz violinist Randy Sabien, as well as the Union trio and many other groups. He performs in jazz festivals around the U.S., has founded the Fairfield University Summer Jazz Camp, and has served as co-chair person for the music advisory board for the National Endowment for the Arts. [1] Image File history File links Brian_Q_Torff. ... Image File history File links Brian_Q_Torff. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in Leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hinsdale is a prestigious suburban village located in Cook County and DuPage County in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Fairfield University is a private and co-educational undergraduate university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, about five miles southwest of Bridgeport on the Gold Coast of Connecticut. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ...

Brian Torff's professional career began in 1974 when bassist Milt Hinton offered him the opportunity of touring with Cleo Laine. During the late 70's, Torff recorded and performed with pianists Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland, and toured Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong with violin virtuoso, Stephane Grappelli. He played in pianist Erroll Gamer's last group and worked in the big bands of Oliver Nelson, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band.[2] Milt Hinton (born Milton John Hilton in Vicksburg, Mississippi, June 23, 1910; d. ... Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth DBE, (born Clementina Dinah Campbell on October 28, 1927 in Middlesex, England) is a scat and jazz singer and an actor. ... Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. ... Marian McPartland, born Margaret Marian Turner on March 21, 1918 in England near Slough, Buckinghamshire, is a British jazz pianist. ... Stephane Grappelli (January 26, 1908 - December 1, 1997) was a pioneer jazz violinist who founded the quintet of the Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django Reinhardt. ... Oliver Nelson (1932–1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinettist, and composer. ... The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band was a Jazz Big band formed by trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis around 1965. ...

In 1979, Brian Torff joined in a duo with pianist George Shearing. In the course of their 3 1/2 year collaboration they toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, and South Africa and were featured on the NBC Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, and their own PBS special from New York's Cafe Carlyle. They received worldwide acclaim, and were invited to perform at the White House in 1982 for President Reagan. Their third album won a Grammy for vocalist Mel Torme.[3] George Shearing (born 13 August 1919) is a well-known British jazz pianist. ... Merv Griffin Mervyn Merv Edward Griffin, Jr. ... The Carlyle Hotel is a luxury hotel and extended stay hotel in the Upper East Side of New York City, USA. The hotel, designed in Art Deco style, opened in 1931 and was named after Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle. ... Mel Tormé (September 13, 1925 - June 5, 1999) was a jazz singer with a light, velvety, high-tenor voice. ...

Brian Torff is a noted composer who has contributed works for records with George Shearing, Larry Coryell, and his own recordings- Hitchhiker of Karoo, Manhattan Hoe- Down, and Workin' On a Bassline. He has written scores that have been performed by the Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and as appeared as conductor, composer, and clinician for numerous high school and college jazz festivals.[4] George Shearing (born 13 August 1919) is a well-known British jazz pianist. ... Larry Coryell Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943-) is an American jazz guitarist. ... The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ... The Los Angeles Philharmonic is an orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, USA. From 1964 to 2003, the orchestra played its concerts in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. ... The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the major orchestras in the United States. ...

External links

  • Brian Torff Website
  • New York Times Feature
  • Fairfield University Music Program
  • Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble


  1. ^ http://www.briantorff.com/bio.htm
  2. ^ http://www.briantorff.com/bio.htm
  3. ^ http://www.briantorff.com/bio.htm
  4. ^ http://www.briantorff.com/bio.htm



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